I was inspired recently watching the movie Tomorrowland and wanted to learn more about the Cherokee story about the Two Wolves. I love the story but learned that what appears in the movie is only piece of the actual story that was passed down by Native American Cherokee elders. In fact, the Continue reading “A Deeper Story”
“[Bob Marley] had this idea. Kind of a virologist idea. He believed that you Continue reading “Light Up the Darkness”
These do not often coexist. Taking the road less traveled is usually uncomfortable and scary – it’s not so romantic when you’re actually out there on the limb or in the arena getting beat up. Continue reading “Courage vs. Comfort”
I regularly consider the question: “If I look back when I’m 80 years old, will I regret not having done this?”
It’s been a helpful perspective that has helped me gain clarity on some key Continue reading “A New Filter”
A friend of mine just had his third baby at the ripe age of 55. A completely unplanned pregnancy, my friend is now living with a 6-month old and he is fantastically excited! He recognizes any retirement plans he made are now out the window – he expects to be working into his 70s. He knows the family Continue reading “Glowing and Grateful”
Improvisation teams train and practice together, building trust and confidence in one another for that moment in front of the audience. One technique used by great improv teams is ‘Yes, And…” It works like this: whenever one person makes a statement, regardless of how bizarre, Continue reading “Yes, And…”
For years I encouraged my 12-year daughter to read the Harry Potter stories. They were filled with story elements she loves: dragons, magic, power struggles, mystery, awkward teen romance, crazy characters, and more. She resisted, I think mainly because the recommendation came from Continue reading “Let Go”
Here I am in traffic, on my way to an appointment, and the car in front of me is driving slowly.
In this moment can I remember that:
– I am one person among billions, dwelling on a small planet that is hurling through an immense expanse of space?
If I haven’t interviewed for a new job in many years, best to apply to some jobs I’m not really interested in. Get some practice answering questions by phone and in person. Spend time refining my responses and fine-tuning the questions I’ll ask during the interview. Gain clarity regarding my Continue reading “Practice When It Doesn’t Matter”
I met another musician at a wedding several years ago who shared a perspective that has been formative for me not just as a musician but also as a leader, a father, and a friend.
He said once you’ve taken your place on stage with instrument or Continue reading “The Value of Constant Preparation”
Walking into a roomful of strangers can be a terrifying experience, especially for an introvert. Doesn’t matter if it’s a social event or a structured networking event or lunch with a group of clients, any of these can be intimidating. I find it helpful to have a strategy, such as “I will find Continue reading “Lima Beans”